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Graduate Student Handbook

Financial Aid, Research Support, and Prizes 

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students 

Graduate Student Professional Travel 

The Stone Center encourages the professional development of its graduate students by offering grants to offset some of the costs of presenting research papers at academic conferences. Only students enrolled in the Latin American Studies graduate programs are eligible to apply for such grants.

Graduate students may apply for support in one of the following categories: round trip airfare up to $500, two nights hotel/lodging, two days of Meals & Incidentals per diem, OR conference registration. Requests for funding are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

For additional policies and procedures visit Graduate Student Professional Travel Policies. Download a copy of the sample application here.

Apply here for Graduate Student Professional Travel Funding.

Guest Lecture or Performance

The Stone Center provides grants to support individual public guest lectures and performances with significant Latin American content. Priority is given to those events for which there is both programmatic and funding collaboration across multiple departments or units. Student representatives of on-campus student organizations may apply for funding with a faculty sponsor. 

This program is not intended to fund large-scale events with costs greater than $1,000.  

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting July 1 for each fiscal year (July 1- June 30). 

Click here to review Guest Lecture or Performance Additional Guidelines. Download the sample application here

Apply here for Guest Lecture or Performance Funding. 

Graduate School Academic Year Fellowships

School of Liberal Arts University Fellowships provide a fellowship stipend and a tuition waiver. As a condition of this funding, each fellow must provide either service or teaching for the Stone Center. M.A. Students must serve for 6 hours per week as a Research and Project Associate (RPA) and Ph.D. Candidates must either serve as a Teaching Assistant or as a Research and Project Associate. All students who apply for admission to the MA or Ph.D. program in Latin American Studies are automatically considered for an academic year fellowship. There are no additional forms or application materials that need to be submitted for fellowship consideration. 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships 

Academic year FLAS fellowships may be awarded to those eligible Tulane University graduate students in Latin American Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences, or professional school programs whose program of study requires instruction in Portuguese or Haitian Creole. Only students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this fellowship. An academic year FLAS fellowship brings with it a service-free fellowship stipend. Additionally, students enrolling in a graduate program within the School of Liberal Arts are eligible for a tuition waiver along with the fellowship stipend. Priority for funding of academic year FLAS fellowships goes to those students who demonstrate a need for proficiency in Portuguese or Haitian Creole. The regular graduate application serves also as the FLAS application. There is no separate form or application for consideration of an academic year FLAS fellowship. Prospective graduate students interested in an academic year FLAS fellowship and who are applying to programs other than the Latin American Studies graduate program must request from the relevant school or program to which they are applying that their admissions application packet/materials be copied and forwarded to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for FLAS fellowship consideration. 

Summer FLAS Fellowships 

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.  Summer FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to graduate students for the intensive study of Kaqchikel Maya, K’iche’ Maya, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, or other less-commonly taught Latin American indigenous languages.  Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships.  Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply, and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. The guidelines of this program are very specific, please read all the application materials carefully before applying.   

Review the Stone Center’s Summer FLAS Application Guidelines for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. Download the SAMPLE Summer FLAS Application Form here. You can also watch the December 17, 2021 FLAS Information session here.

Apply here for a Summer FLAS Fellowship. 

Click here for the online Summer FLAS Faculty Recommendation Form. 

Applications due February 1. 

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Jimmy Huck or Valerie McGinley

Summer Funding for Fieldwork

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites all Tulane University graduate students who conduct research on Latin America or the Caribbean to apply for funding to conduct field research outside of the United States during the summer. These field research grants are not to be used for dissertation research, but rather to provide graduate students who have little to no field research experience with an opportunity to explore the feasibility of a particular field research project and to gain experience in conducting preliminary hands-on field research abroad.  

There are two sources of funding for this program: 

  • Tinker Field Research funds are generously provided through a grant from the Tinker Foundation and are open to graduate students conducting thesis or pre-dissertation field research at the Master’s, early-stage doctoral levels, or for professional degrees in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries. 
  • Stone Center Field Research funds are open to graduate students conducting research on Latin America or the Caribbean who do not qualify for Tinker Field Research grants.  Funding to countries outside of Latin America or the Caribbean will be considered under certain circumstances. 

All summer field research grants are intended for brief periods of field work.  Graduate students may apply for round-trip airfare, in-country travel, lodging, and modest subsistence expenses. These grant programs do not cover expenses such as equipment, labor costs (i.e. site excavations, transcriptions, in-country research assistants), or registrations for conferences or workshops.  

Click here to review Stone Center and Tinker Summer Field Research Grants Policies and Procedures.

Download the sample application here.  

Applications due February 15 MARCH 18, 2022.  

Apply here for Summer Funding for Field Research Grants on Latin America & the Caribbean.  

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Summer Field Course Grant Program 

The Stone Center sponsors one graduate student each summer to participate in an OTS Summer Field Course in Costa Rica. Information on available OTS Summer Field Courses can be obtained at the OTS Graduate Programs website. Only OTS programs offered over the Summer (May-August) are eligible for funding consideration. This opportunity is open to any Tulane graduate student.  Please use the Summer Field Research Grant Application in order to apply.  For more information, please contact Jimmy Huck. 

Click here for a preview of the Faculty Recommendation form.

Click here for the online Summer Field Research Grant Faculty Recommendation Form.

Other Sources of Funding for Graduate Students

GSSA/OGPS Travel Funding 

https://ogps.tulane.edu/gssaogps-travel-funding 

School of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Summer Research and Write-Up Awards 

https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/academics/graduate-studies/summer-research-writeup-awards 

J.E. Land Fund for School of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Travel

https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/academics/graduate-studies/resources/land...

CELT Resource List of University-wide Funding Opportunities 

https://celt.tulane.edu/funding 

Contact Information 
Please contact the Stone Center staff with any questions. 

Graduate Student Organizations and Activities

LAGO 

The primary relationship between the Stone Center and its graduate students is on an individual basis. Students ordinarily address individual questions and concerns to the appropriate individual in the office. However, the Stone Center recognizes the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) as the official conduit to the Administration of Latin American Studies and the Stone Center. LAGO is the channel through which collective complaints and concerns are voiced and addressed, as well as the organization through which collective student feedback about the Center is provided to the Center administration. 

Concerns that are not effectively resolved on an individual basis should be brought to the attention of LAGO during their regularly scheduled meetings. In those meetings, members will discuss the issues and determine whether or not they need to be drawn to the attention of the Executive Director of the Stone Center. In addition, LAGO is the channel through which suggestions and reviews about the effective functioning of the Project Associate Program should flow. 

Reciprocally, LAGO is the organization to which the Stone Center administration should direct any collective concerns, suggestions, or issues that cannot be handled on an individual basis or through mechanisms already in place (i.e. memos to students, fliers announcing Center-sponsored events, etc.). The President of LAGO is the official point of contact for LAGO in its relationship to the Stone Center, though other LAGO officers are always welcome to represent the organization in front of the Stone Center as well.

Stone Center Academic Awards

Students are eligible for departmental and university awards. The Stone Center holds an awards ceremony each spring to honor excellence in academia among its graduate students and among Latin Americanist scholarship. The following awards are presented on an annual basis: 

  • The Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic 
  • The Richard E. Greenleaf Award for the best social science paper written by a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary graduate program. 
  • The Donald Robertson Award for the best paper in the humanities by a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary graduate program. 
  • The William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies 
  • LAGO Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award 
  • A full listing of all Stone Center Academic Awards, prize guidelines, and links to most of the prize winning papers, can be accessed on our Stone Center Awards and Prizes Webpage 
     

A complete review of advising, policies, and procedures for graduate students is located in the Graduate Studies Handbook